|Chemical name: Dienogest, Ethinyl Estradiol
Brand name: Mistral
Typical type: Tablet1
Mistral is a medication used for birth control and to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Mistral is available as a brand name drug or generic and comes as an oral tablet.
Mistral is a medication that contains the active ingredients Dienogest and Ethinyl Estradiol. Mistral is used as birth control and can be used to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding.
The combination of hormones in Mistral stops ovulation and increases cervical mucous to prevent pregnancy. Mistral is taken once daily.
Common side effects of Mistral include acne, weight gain, headache, upset stomach, cramps, bloating, breast soreness, period changes, decreased interest in sex and skin changes.
Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans in your area may cover Mistral.
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Mistral.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in and the Medicare drug plan you have.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
A Mistral packet contains 28 total pills. 21 pills are active medication, while 7 are placebo. When you reach the placebo week, you will typically have your period.
Smoking cigarettes while using Mistral raises the risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack. The chance is higher with increased age and the number of cigarettes smoked. It is strongly advised not to smoke.
If you are over 35 years old and smoke, do not use Mistral.
Try to take Mistral at the same time every day. Try to not vary the timing of doses by more than 12 hours. Do not skip doses, even if you do not have sex often.
This medication can take time to start working effectively, and you may need to use a back-up form of birth control like condoms to prevent pregnancy.
If you throw up or have diarrhea, the birth control effects of Mistral may be lowered. Use backup protection if this occurs. If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting your next cycle of birth control.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.